COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration Case M.9663 — Vossloh Rail Services/Rhomberg Sersa Rail Holding/Vossloh Rail Maintenance (Railway switches repair and maintenance)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9751 — Elliott/Apollo/EP Energy)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9768 — OFL/Trenitalia/ILSA)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Marston by Inflexion and ICG (M.9681) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Recover by EQT (M.9713) - Midday Express
  • Speech by Ms Vestager: Keeping the EU competitive in a green and digital world
  • Germany - Vue Group (CinemaxX) can acquire Cinestar cinemas subject to conditions
  • Germany - Chocolate and nougat spreads – Merger between Krüger Group and Peeters cleared
  • Germany - List of Notified Merger Projects and 2nd phase proceedings
  • UK - CMA delivers report to Secretary of State on Gardner Aerospace/ Impcross merger
  • UK - CMA updates timetable in competition investigation in entertainment and recreation services sector
  • UK - CMA publishes speech by Andrea Coscelli on CMA approach to merger control
 TRADE & CUSTOMS
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 06 March 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Goods from non-EU countries
  • State of play of the Free trade agreements and other agreeements - 27 February 2020

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Draft Council Conclusions on sustainable and responsible tourism in Europe, the world’s No 1 tourist destination - Presidency proposal
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Ilva and support for the Italian and European steel industry
  • The Spanish courts must verify that the contractual term in mortgage loan agreements providing for the application of a variable interest rate based on the index of the Spanish savings banks is plain and intelligible (See CPR No.23/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-125/18 - Gómez del Moral Guasch)
  • Cases brought before the Court of Justice: new practice directions to parties (See CPR No.19/2020)
  • EU boosts financing for Italian SMEs with €30 million from European Investment Fund

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Capital Markets Union and Banking Union: Commission Review stresses the importance of further integration - See the Report
  • EMIR: ESMA advises Commission on C6 energy derivatives - see the Report
  • ESMA seeks experts in corporate finance to join its industry advisory group

TAXATION

  • The system of penalties relating to the Hungarian tax on advertising is not compatible with EU law (See CPR No.21/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-482/18 - Google Ireland)
  • The special taxes levied in Hungary on the turnover of telecommunications operators and of undertakings in the retail trade sector are compatible with EU law  (See CPR No.20/2020 - Judgments of the Court of Justice in Cases C-75/18,C-323/18 - Vodafone Magyarország)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Meeting relating to the implementation of Ambient Air Quality Directives of 13 March 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Synergies / Int. Chemicals) of 10 March 2020
  • New Eurobarometer Survey: Protecting the environment and climate is important for over 90% of European citizens - See the Q&A
  • European Commission launches global coalition for biodiversity

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Preparation of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council session on 6 March 2020 - COVID-19 - Exchange of views
  • COVID-19 outbreak: the presidency steps up EU response by triggering full activation mode of IPCR
  • Outcome of proceedings of the Working Party on Public Health at Senior Level on 11 February 2020
  • COVID-19: EU and industry to fund more research through Innovative Medicines Initiative

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Digital Justice: e-evidence c) e-Evidence Digital Exchange System: state of play
  • Agenda for: Customs Cooperation Working Party, Plenary of 04 March 2020
  • In order to ascertain whether the European arrest warrant against a person convicted in Spain for the offence of glorification of terrorism and humiliation of the victims of terrorism must be executed without examining whether that offence is punishable also in Belgium, the Belgian courts must take into account the length of the sentence imposed by the Spanish law applicable to the acts committed (See CPR No.22/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-717/18 - X (Mandat d'arrêt européen - Double incrimination) 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Preparing for the Conference on the Future of Europe: The ‘known knowns’ of citizens’ participation - EPC Policy Paper

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & ACCESSION